The Week in Reviews, Op. 420: Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Mark Wood; Tianwa Yang
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Photo by Marco Borggreve.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed Fazil Say's Violin Concerto "1001 Nights in the Harem" with the London Symphony Orchestra.
- The Guardian: "Terrific fun, it’s atrociously difficult for the soloist, and was an absolute tour de force for Kopatchinskaja, who was exacting in her negotiation of Say’s rhythmic complexities and ravishing in moments of lyricism, living the music as is her wont, and dancing her way through it at times."
Mark Wood performed in concert with the Johns Creek Symphony.
- Arts ATL: "For all of Wood’s onstage grandiosity, he is still a transcendent instrumentalist....He uses layers of wah pedal and other effects normally reserved for the electric guitar — but never at the cost of melodic clarity. The combination leaves him open to dazzle with flying fingerwork or devastate the senses with walls of distortion while never going off the rails into either extreme."
Tianwa Yang performed Miklós Rózsa's Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Buffalo Rising: "...she knows her way around a fiddle. Good thing, because the exciting 1953 Violin Concerto by Hungarian émigré (known to many as a Hollywood composer) Miklós Rózsa was all over the fingerboard."
Leonidas Kavakos performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti at Carnegie Hall.
- New York Classical Review: "The soloist played with pinpoint intonation even in the most gnarly passages, admirably flowing but not glib, taking care to illuminate each theme and incident in the long first movement."
Joshua Bell performed and directed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Sydney Opera House.
- Limelight: "Bell stood to perform the solo part and direct the orchestra, all from memory. And here we got to sample his famously sweet tone. His sound, using minimal vibrato, is of the kind often called silvery; so appropriate for the Mendelssohn Concerto with its exposed high harmonics."
Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski performed Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Spokane Symphony.
- The Spokesman-Review: "From the first measures of the piece, Wolski’s full-bodied tone and scrupulous phrasing made it plain that we were not simply to be borne aloft on wings of song, but allowed to witness passionate engagement with Mendelssohn’s thrice-familiar masterpiece."
Concertmaster Roberto Ruisi performed Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with the Hallé.
- The Arts Desk: "Roberto Ruisi brings formidable technical virtuosity to his role as well as the kind of sweetness and lyricism which now distinguish the orchestra’s strings as a whole, and this concerto gave him the chance to shine in all those qualities."
Leonidas Kavakos performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "...the extravagantly gifted Leonidas Kavakos paired formidable technique with adroit phrasing, a supple muscular tone, and interpretive freshness, all of it tightly bound to a splendid performance by the orchestra."
Concertmaster William Shaub performed in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Series with pianist Kevin Class and members of the symphony.
- Arts Knoxville: "The...Concertmaster Series as hosted by Concertmaster William Shaub has always enjoyed displaying its dual personality of virtuosic violin showmanship contrasted with deep dives into the heart of the major chamber ensemble repertoire....its mid-week concerts....happily embraced that scheme."
The Orion Quartet performed a farewell concert for the Dallas Chamber Music Society.
- The Dallas Morning News: "Monday evening’s elegantly paired works represented large-scale farewells from two of the greatest composers of string quartets."
The Fauré Quartett performed works by Fauré for the Candlelight Concert Society.
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